A MOUNTAIN centre used by thousands of people across the borough has finally been sold following its controversial closure last year.
Cwm Pennant Mountain Centre, in the Snowdonia National Park, Wales, has been sold to Outdoor UK Ltd and will reopen in January.
The Centre was set up by Hillingdon Council in 1965, but in September last year they decided to close it claiming there was a lack of interest in the Centre and it was no longer viable.
It was a controversial closure with many individuals, groups and school pupils fighting to keep it open.
David Munroe, 59, of Bricket Close, Ruislip, came up with a plan to take it over himself with the help of other individuals and companies.
He said: "We had the money to buy the lease and the people who agreed to be trustees, but we didn't have the money to guarantee day to day operations past two months.
"It was such a fantastic vision and I am annoyed that it has gone."
Outdoor UK Ltd, the adventure activities and outdoor learning specialists, bought the remainder of the lease and will continue to run it as a mountain centre.
Operations director, Ken Crossley, said: "We are going to spend quite a lot of money on it to tidy it up and bring it up to date.
"There will be new classrooms and training facilities as well as a new archery, orienteering, and low ropes course.
"We are going to contact all the schools in Hillingdon who used it to encourage them to come back, and they will get a 10 per cent discount off their bookings."
Andrew Davies, a year six teacher at Hillside Junior School in Northwood Way, Northwood, said: "We took about 40 children up there last year and the year before and we had a great time. The children got an awful lot from it.
"It was such a shame when it closed and I remember the big campaign at the time to keep it open.
"At the moment I am looking at alternatives anyway so going back to Cwm Pennant is something we would possibly be interested in."
For more information call Outdoor UK Ltd on 01706 877 320 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.